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Last updated at 14:05, 23 Oct 2014 Uploaded at 2:10, 8 Jan 2013
The Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE), Version 1.7.1 (or newer) is REQUIRED to run the RaceMenu.
If you don't know how, or cannot install SKSE on your own I recommend watching:
RaceMenu related SKSE Plugins:
CharGen Extension(Core included with RaceMenu 2.5 and greater)
- NetImmerse Override Standalone (Included with RaceMenu 2.0 and greater)
If you experience crashing while opening the menu please consider acquiring the optional download DisableFaceGenCache (integrated as of version 2.7+, no longer necessary). This is an SKSE plugin that disables caching of FaceGen parts that can crash your game if you have many hair/eye/brow mods installed.
The RaceMenu was redesigned with the intention of using SKSE to allow for more in-depth customization of your character. This mod does not fix the problems with the internal class to this menu; it merely redesigns it and adds more features. Please ensure that you don't have problems opening the ORIGINAL RaceMenu before blaming this mod.
- Numeric display for all sliders
- Categorizes all the vanilla options to the SkyUI look
- Search filter by name (Same as SkyUI)
- Color ANY tint, including hair with an AARRGGBB value
- Loads/Saves settings when re-opening the menu
- Light On/Off (Spawns a white light directly infront of your character)
- Zoom distances adjusted to be closer to the face when In and slightly further when out
- Basic plugin interface
- Controller support
- Works with any race, including custom races
- Doesn't modify any vanilla assets (Unlike my Extended Slider Colors mod)
- Multi-warpaint support
- Warpaint texture hotswapping (Custom warpaint)
- Display racial skill bonuses
- Save/Load presets to and from windows clipboard
- Supports body/hand/feet/face overlays
- Save/Load color
- Change overlay glow color
- Change overlay glow strength
- Export head mesh (Requires CharGen)
- Save/Load preset to and from a slot file (Requires CharGen v2.0.0 or greater and replaces clipboard save/load)
- Show HeadPart name and source mod (Requires CharGen v2.1.2 or greater)
- Camera move up/down/left/right zoom in/out
- Adjust player height
- Adjust player bicep size
- Adjust player glute size (Only works for meshes that support skeletal scaling e.g. TBBP body meshes)
- Adjust player breast size (Only works for meshes that support skeletal scaling e.g. BBP body meshes)
- Adjust player breast curve size (Only works for meshes that support skeletal scaling e.g. TBBP body meshes)
RaceMenuMimic.esp (Optional) Not recommended for cross-gender, cross-species, or horse-mounted use.
- Copies target Actor's facial morphs to player
- Copies target Actor's facial presets to player
- Copies target Actor's hair to player
- Copies target Actor's hair color to player
- Copies target Actor's facial hair to player
- Copies target Actor's scars to player
- Copies target Actor's eyebrows to player
- Must be equipped via console (e.g. help "Face Copy" player.equipspell XXXXXXXX left)
- Adds 8 male body tattoos (Made by krisjay)
- Adds 14 partial female body tattoos (Made by TairenSoul)
- Adds 1 female UNP nail paint (Made by me, but it's pretty awful)
See Changes section
An INI setting has been added to SKSE to allow for higher resolution warpaint to be applied to your character. The default resolution is 256, this is a terrible resolution if you want to do some really fancy warpaints.
- Locate your Data directory
- Create SKSE folder if it is not already there
- Create SKSE.ini if it is not already there
- Add "[Display]" category
- Add "iTintTextureResolution=2048"
Your Data/SKSE/SKSE.ini should look something like this:
Putting a higher resolution should be possible but I have only tested it at 2048.
Note: This may cause low resolution textures to look worse due to upscaling, hopefully this will encourage high-resolution replacements.
- Choose Color/Accept - Activate (Default E)
- Done - Ready Weapon (Default R)
- Light - Sneak (Default Ctrl)
- Zoom - Sprint (Default Shift)
- Search - Jump (Default Spacebar)
- Choose Texture - Wait (Default T)
- Load Preset - Quickload
- Save Preset - Quicksave
- Export Head - Shout (Default Z)
- Choose Color/Accept - Activate (Default A)
- Done - Ready Weapon (Default X)
- Light - Wait (Default Back)
- Zoom - Sprint (Default RB)
- Search - None
- Choose Texture - Jump (Default Y)
- Load Preset - Left Stick
- Save Preset - Right Stick
- Export Head - Shout (Default LB)
- Change Sub Category - Left/Right Trigger
Q. How do I change the number of overlays available?
A. Open Data/SKSE/Plugins/NiOverride.ini in any text editor and change the values here.
Q. Do I need to install CharGen Extension?
A. Not for versions 2.7 and up, CharGen Extension is completely included, you should uninstall it if you had it prior to installing 2.7 and up.
Q. I see dollar signs everywhere and many features appear to be missing what do I do?
A. Install SKSE, or if you have installed it, run your game using skse_loader.exe as you should be.
Q. Is this compatible with ECE?
A. Partially, only a few features will work, generally I do not recommend using them together as presets will not work.
Q. How do I get more Face/Body/Hand/Feet Paint?
A. Open Data/SKSE/Plugins/NiOverride.ini in a text editor, you will see a section for the amount of paints you can have per type, you can change this up to 128, but it is highly recommended you only set what you intend to use as too many can result in significant performance losses.
- Face Tattoo Warpaint by TairenSoul
- WyldTats Warpaint Edition by Wyldsong
- LT Female Warpaints by little_terd
- THEHAGs Privat Tattoos for UNP - UNPB by THEHAG
- THEHAGs Privat Wartattoos - Facial Warpaint by THEHAG and BladeSinger06
- THEHAGs Privat Tattoos for CBBE v3d2 by THEHAG and BladeSinger06
- The Coenaculi - RaceMenu Plugin for Tattoos by Desufire
Making a plugin
This short tutorial assumes you have SKSE 1.6.6 (or greater) correctly installed, already have basic knowledge in compiling scripts, using the Creation Kit, can solve compiling errors on your own, and assumes you have already downloaded the modders package.
- Extract the modders package to your Data folder
- Open Creation Kit (You do not need to load Skyrim.esm)
- Create new quest
- Give quest a unique ID
- Press Quest Aliases tab
- Right click the list, New Reference Alias
- Name the alias Player
- Tick Specific Reference
- Press Select Force Reference
- Select Cell (any), Ref PlayerRef ('Player') click OK
- Press the Add button in the Scripts group
- Type RaceMenuLoad into the filter and click OK
- Press OK in the Reference Alias window
- Go to the scripts tab and Add
- Click [New Script], give the script a name
- Open the script in your editor of choice and change extends Quest to extends RaceMenuBase
- Copy contents of PluginTemplate.psc to your new script
- Read the comments inside of the template
- Click OK in the Quest window
- Save your plugin
- Add your warpaints/sliders to your script
- Compile your script
To package and distribute your plugin you only need to include:
Enhanced Character Edit is not directly compatible. RaceMenu has compatibility code to accommodate some of the extra facial morphs, install ECE first, then install RaceMenu to take advantage of this. There will be a CharGen verison of ECE sliders soon.
Extended Slider Colors (My previous mod) is not incompatible, but it is highly recommended you uninstall it as it is no longer necessary.
Irrelevant, put it anywhere you want it won't make a difference.
Automatic Download with NMM
- Click the Download with manager button on top of the file.
- RaceMenu will appear in in NMM's Mods list once it's downloaded. Double-click the RaceMenu entry to Activate it.
Manual Download with NMM
- Start NMM and click on Mods.
- In the left icon bar, click on Add Mod From File and select the downloaded archive file.
- RaceMenu will now appear in the list. Double-click to Activate it.
- Locate the Data/ folder in your Skyrim installation directory. Typically it's found at Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/skyrim/Data/.
- Extract the contents of the downloaded archive file to your Data/ folder.
- In the Skyrim Launcher, select Data Files and enable RaceMenu.esp.
KNOWN ISSUES 2.0.0 to current
Body/Hand/Feet paint may appear to be rendered overtop of some effects, this is a known issue. The reason this happens is due to the AlphaProperty flags on the overlay template meshes, changing these to the other set of flags results in overlays occasionally partially rendering on the skin.
The right bicep scale increases strangely. This is a problem with the skeleton and associated mesh, it cannot be fixed on my part and probably won't be fixed by anyone else either. The bug has propagated to pretty much every armor ever made from the base bodies so it's probably far too late to be ever fixed.
KNOWN ISSUES 1.4.0 to 1.4.3
There may be some oddities regarding custom scales. They aren't game breaking but they may occasionally unintentionally reset themselves if you frequently enter the RaceMenu with modified scales (I.E. height, head, breast, bicep, or glute values other than 1). This is due to the NetImmerse update being missed in SKSE 1.6.8, the current workaround will ensure that when actually playing these scales will maintain themselves, but you may need to set the value again if you enter the RaceMenu again.
KNOWN ISSUES 1.3.4 AND EARLIER
- Vampires - Colors will not work properly for vampire characters due to the "overlay head parts" flag, this flag generally only occurs on vampire races and interferes with not only head parts but tints as well, resulting in colors you were not expecting, this happens with the vanilla game as well. This flag can be removed, but it means you will lose the vampire eyes.
- Hotkeys not working - Zoom and Light will not work if you have started a new game directly from the main menu. You will need to save and reload your game, this is a bug with SKSE 1.6.6 and has been fixed for the next version.
- Head, Breast, Glute, Biceps settings reset on load - This is a problem with scaling skeletal nodes if you save in first person and reload your game the 3rd person mesh will not have been loaded yet to update, this is fixed for the next SKSE version by using a new event to determine if you have entered 3rd person.
- Invisible weapon - This is caused by a function being used to visually update your face when your game starts, unfortunately this function has some strange side effects that aren't really related to the RaceMenu, loading your game with your weapon drawn will make your weapon appear as though it is sheathed, redraw your weapon or saved with it sheathed until the next version.
- Horse flipout - Same cause as invisible weapon, the cause has been removed for the next version so for now don't save on a horse, or immediately dismount when you load your game.
Version 2.1.0 to 2.1.1 Troubleshooting
If you are unable to use glows uninstall 'Loose Main Scripts' completely, check your Data/Scripts folder for any RaceMenu*.pex files and delete them. Then install 'Loose Base Scripts' that is compatible for your version.
If you are having issues where the Makeup, Body/Hand/Feet Paint categories are completely empty, install 'Loose Base Scripts'
Version 2.0.8 Troubleshooting
If you are having issues where the Makeup, Body/Hand/Feet Paint categories are completely empty, install 'Loose Main Scripts'
Version 2.0.0 Troubleshooting
Are the last 3 categories unavailable? If so this indicates you don't really have the latest version of SKSE running. Many people misunderstand what the latest version is, the _1_9_32 on the end of the DLL is not SKSE's version. This is the game's runtime version indicating that the DLL will only run for that game version, there can be multiple versions of SKSE for the same game version.
If the last 3 categories are there but you only have "default" to choose from when you change the body texture: You are missing the Overlays Plugin, this plugin contains a number of textures by various authors and are not included in the main mod (simply because they are large and I don't want to be uploading a few MB to update the mod every time; my upload is awful).
If the categories are there but you don't even have "default" to choose from in the texture list: you have a RaceMenu plugin that is distributing an older version of RaceMenuBase, download "Loose Main Scripts" to override scripts from the outdated plugins, the newer script is backwards compatible.
If you're experiencing immediate crashing upon opening of the RaceMenu, you have too many assets loading and are overflowing the HeadPart cache. I recommend downloading DisableFaceGenCache, this will disable caching when loading the menu, as a result you will briefly lag or stutter when changing hair, eyes, brows, or beards. Short lag is far better than crashing.
If your problem is none of the above you probably have far bigger issues like not even running SKSE with the loader (or not as admin). Or your just simply pushing the game engine way too hard (too many mods, too many high-res textures, too much going on etc). The limitations of the game engine are independent of your PC. If your PC is great save yourself the trouble of typing it out as it's probably irrelevant.
Please make sure your game does not crash opening the original RaceMenu before posting your issue. This mod does not fix the internal class to this menu, it merely redesigns it and adds more features.
If your head appears to be so small you can't see it try cleansaving and installing the latest version.
If your game crashes when you color too many warpaints, this is normal. Currently the game has some sort of hard limit on the number of tints you can have at one time and is currently being investigated.
If your zoom or light toggle do not work this is because there is currently a glitch in SKSE that does not hook the key input system when you start a new game. You need to save your game and reload then showracemenu in the console to fix this. This is corrected for the next SKSE version.
If your game crashes when you create a new game, this is likely because you have SKSE 1.6.5 install, and not SKSE 1.6.6, this also means you will likely have some of the other issues in this section.
If you see [???] for button icons this means you either do not have SKSE installed, it is not updated to the appropriate version, or you are not running your game with SKSE in effect.
If neither hair color nor tint colors do anything this means that your SKSE scripts are not up to date. Note: This still requires you actually have and run SKSE.
If you are experiencing random crashing while the menu is open. This is, unfortunately normal behavior. The internal class for the RaceMenu isn't completely stable to begin with, this is a rework of the menu with some additional features using SKSE, I can not, nor have the responsibility to fix these issues.
If you are experiencing freezing when opening the RaceMenu, this is due to your game loading many assets all at once and needs to queue drive requests, wait patiently for it to load. If it takes longer than 3 minutes than there is likely an internal issue usually caused by having too many hair mods. This same freezing would happen regardless of having my mod.
If you are experiencing crashing on startup, you likely have a problem with another mod, please take those complaints elsewhere as this mod should not ever conflict.
If there is anything off with the translation and you would like to help correct it, see the Google Spreadsheet for the RaceMenu.